Archives For June 2012

Nobody doubts that he exists, though he may doubt the existence of God. If he finds out the truth about himself and discovers his own source, this is all that is required.

Ramana Maharshi (1879–1950)

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[It] is clear that most Americans – the elite above all – can easily countenance the deaths of, say, more than one million innocent Iraqis, or upwards of three million Southeast Asians, without any disturbance in their sense of national righteousness, their bedrock belief that the United States has the natural right, even the duty, to assert its hegemony over world affairs.

Savvy to a Fault: Coming to Terms With Imperial Power (via theamericanbear)

Liberal Christians Connecting: fear of death


They call me crazy because I believe in love. They call me socialist because I believe in equality. They call me idealist because I believe in the possibility of world peace. I wish they’d just call me Christian.

day 1-recovery

Brett Gallaher —  June 30, 2012 — Leave a comment


going out to celebrate a small victory….even though i cut today, i was able to stop, the rubber bands are back on and im on the right track. im getting better this time, starting now, i can feel it this time. im gonna be happy

Confessions of an Imperfect Christian: coming from a cynic.

What is real…

Brett Gallaher —  June 30, 2012 — Leave a comment

Often religion, theology or belief in general is confined to the world of subjectivity, opinion or debate. They are ideas passed down from one set of individuals to another. This is a good thing in many respects, since said ideas can become richer and find new expressions throughout the age, although it carries with it the obvious downside…

These ideas lack a certain objectivity that many would prefer. They become lost in the never-ending sea of philosophies. Some may embrace them while others downplay their significance or reject them entirely, simply because they are not objectively verifiable in a purely western perspective.

There are then moments we experience, whether personally or collectively, which demand our attention, demand our recognition as more than just ideas. 

These moments are the very moments when we see someone’s life change.

We can debate why their life changed, ignoring the miracle of the change itself, or look at the moment for what it is. We can convince ourselves of anything if we wish it so. At the end of the day, this is cowardice and a retreat back into our armored shells. 

Are miracles real? Frankly, it doesn’t matter what you choose to think.

It matters what you choose to see.

I would like to read to you what The Jesus said about homosexuality. I’d like to but he never said anything about it. Evidently Jesus was so filled with rage that he was speechless. I am confident he condemned it all the time in private, when he was hanging out with those other 12 dudes at their elaborate dinner parties, where they all sat on the same side of the table, just living the bachelor life together, drinking wine and working on their washboard abs.

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The other day…

Brett Gallaher —  June 27, 2012 — Leave a comment

I found myself thinking “I am not a Christian. I occupy Jesus now.” And I believed it.